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Finding Resources on the Renaissance

Topic Overview

There are various resources that provide context on topics related to the Renaissance, including encyclopedias in the Reference Collection on the main floor of Cook Library, some books in the general stacks, and an occasional online resource. For a list of suggested resources see: Reference/Resource Books on the Renaissance

Cambridge Histories provide overviews of different aspects of the Renaissance. Cook Library owns some of them. For a list of ones that might prove useful, see Cambridge Histories on the Renaissance

Art Images


  • A database that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences
  • Search by artist or work of art or keywords (for example renaissance portrait; medici) or use the Advanced Search to set parameters such as time period, geographical location, or type of art


  • Library of muscial recordings for online listening
  • Use the Advanced Search to search by composer, genre, or time period
  • Help Guide for Using Naxos

Films on Demand is a research database that provides streaming video of films on many aspects of the Renaissance.

  • To see what is available generally try a browse: Subject > History > European History > Renaissance, Reformation & Expansion
    • Subject > Art > Art History > Renaissance & Baroque
    • Subject > Architecture > Renaissance & Baroque
  • Try keyword searches by title such as: medici; da vinci; renaissance; humanism; venice; florence
  • To broaden search, search by segment (of movies)

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